James Ward

Study of Sheeps’ Heads

1836

Not on display

Artist
James Ward 1769–1859
Medium
Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions
Support: 495 x 768 mm
frame: 562 x 850 x 65 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by the Art Fund 1943
Reference
N05410

Display caption

Ward defended Blake against charges of madness, claiming that 'There can be no doubt of his having been what the world calls a man of genius. But his genius was of a peculiar character, sometimes above, sometimes below the comprehension of his fellow-men.' Ward was decidedly eccentric but he was among the artists who recognised the merits of Blake's group of woodcuts illustrating Robert Thornton's translation of Virgil.

Gallery label, August 2004

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